Q. Who can take part in a challenge?
A. Participants' motives come in all shapes and sizes. They may have been spurred into action by an illness, divorce, bereavement or perhaps they are setting out to mark a landmark birthday or anniversary. Whatever their reasons, our participants all come united in the desire to do something completely different and all for a worthy cause.
Our only stipulations are that you are over 18, relatively fit, willing to muck in and have a positive and flexible approach. As for the upper age limit, well, there’s no such thing! Our more mature clients have included a 75-year-old man who successfully completed a Rajasthan Tiger Bike Ride in India and a 72-year-old man who summited Kilimanjaro! Our challenges vary in difficulty and we do encourage participants to embark on a training programme to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared.
Q. How fit do I need to be?
A. Our challenges vary in difficulty. When you sign up to a challenge you are embarking on a journey and part of that involves training and getting fit ahead of the challenge. Of course, a basic level of fitness and good health is required initially, but you do not need to be super fit when you first sign up. More important than your physical shape is your mental and emotional commitment to train and get fit. Our challenges are designed to be demanding in order to push you out of your comfort zone.
Obviously the more extreme the challenge, the more you will need to train.
Q. How difficult are the challenges?
A. There are four difficulty levels:
Moderate: Our entry level challenge is ideal for people who have not done any adventure activities before. Although a moderate challenge might be culturally challenging, it will usually be in hotels/lodges rather than camping, and there will be no altitude involved.
Challenging: A “challenging” trip will test someone who is relatively fit and has a spirit of adventure. You may have had some previous experience, but this is not necessary as long as the correct training is undertaken. A “challenging” trip may involve some altitude, but this will be compensated by easier terrain and hiking conditions.
Tough: A “tough” trip should be undertaken by someone with previous experience and interest in the activity – whether biking or trekking. It will usually involve camping, and will certainly be in a remote environment, where facilities are not what you would expect at home. A tough challenge will test you both physically and mentally. Both cycle and treks will be hilly, and training is a must.
Extreme: Extreme challenges will involve altitude, and a great deal of endurance. These trips are not to be taken lightly, and will take place in extreme environments, without home comforts. They are usually undertaken by someone with previous experience in a mountain setting, but who wants to take their experience to the next level physically and mentally. Training is essential.
Q. What should I expect?
A. This is called Just Challenge for a reason. You have undertaken to push yourself well beyond your normal comfort zone - and all in the name of charity. Do not expect a walk in the park. The majority of the countries in which we operate are less developed than Hong Kong. Internal infrastructures are often limited; roads are rough and facilities basic. If you’re after a five-star holiday forget Just Challenge. If, however, you are seeking an adrenaline-filled challenge and are relatively active, then you’ve come to the right place.
Q. What will the accommodation be like?
A. The accommodation could range from tents on a mountainside, to guest house, community eco-lodge, or a comfortable hotel. Normally, accommodation is based on two people of the same sex sharing a twin room or two person tent however this can vary between challenges.
Q. How many participants can take part in a corporate challenge?
A. Our corporate challenges are scalable and we have experience with groups of varying sizes. From smaller client groups and senior leadership teams right through to 100 employees from across a region - we promise to deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all.
Our challenges are bespoke and designed with your business objectives and programme requirements in mind so each challenge is created to best suit your group size.
Q. How is the recipient charity determined?
A. All money raised from our open challenge goes to our partner Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. From there it is funnelled out to approved charities who are changing lives for the better through sport.
The fundraising mechanics for each corporate challenge are different and we will partner with you to develop an approach that works for you. You may already have an aligned charity that you would like to raise funds for, alternatively we can introduce you to a charity partner. We are happy to guide you on the best ways to engage employees, drive fundraising efforts and capture funds.
Q. How is the challenge funded?
A. We require each individual taking part in our open challenge to pay for their place on the challenge. This is split across three payments in the lead up to the trip.
For a corporate challenge, it is entirely up to you how it is paid for. Be it self-funded by participants, subsidised, or covered in full by your organisation - we are flexible and will work with you on the best solution.
In addition to the participant cost, each person will be asked to raise a minimum amount of money for charity. On signing up to the challenge, each participant is committing to these fundraising efforts.
Q. Can I fundraise to cover the cost of my place on the challenge?
A. In short no. We require that the challenge cost be kept completely separate to funds raised for charity.
Q. What is included in the cost of a challenge?
A. Every challenge will differ but as a guide, the following is included in the participant cost:
- Food & Beverage
- Technical Challenge Planning & Delivery
- Medical Support
- Risk Assessment
Q. What is not included in the cost of a challenge?
A. Every challenge will differ but as a guide, the following is NOT included in the participant cost:
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Visa Fees